East Carolina University kicks off its Black History Month celebration this week. It's called "Courage to Change".
East Carolina University's Cultural Center is gearing up for Black History Month with its "Courage To Change" lecture series.
Ledonia Wright Cultural Center Interim Director Melissa Haithcox-Dennis says this year's theme is inspired by Laura Leary-Elliot, ECU's first full time African-American student.
"It definitely came from the spirit of Ms Leary-Elliot. She had the courage to step on campus not only as the first African-American but an African-American. In that time it was just not heard, and she was determine," said Haithcox-Dennis.
The series is broken down into five different sessions, each featuring a different topic, like leadership, inventions, and the arts.
"We trying to go big and impressive in terms of this year. So that we can truly document the steps that people have taken. Our forefathers and foremothers that have taken so that we can talk about the changes that ECU internal, but also externally, been touching eastern North Carolina," said Haithcox-Dennis.
The university is also unveiling the second part of its 50th Anniversary of Desegregation exhibit. They gave 9 On Your Side a sneak peek at the university archives.
It is scheduled to go up later this week in Joyner Library.
"We need for people to know it know. We also need for future generations to see where we come from and see where we can go," said Haithcox-Dennis.
The first part of the installment, a historical timeline, is already hanging in the Mendenhall Student Center.
Starting Monday, you can view the new part of the desegregation exhibit at the Joyner Library.
All events are free and open to the public.
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